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  1. HeyMich

    Horse trailer help please for large horses

    Yep, what she said. My big Irish idiot travels really well in our rear facing Equitrek trailer, in fact the ponies do too. Plenty of space, tows really nicely, and the wee tack room is such a luxury, I'd really struggle without it now! Definitely worth a try.
  2. HeyMich

    Unhappy Horse

    It may be that this is his 'normal' behaviour now that he's out with a herd and can interact in a more natural way. His calmness before may have been him being shut down, as often happens to horses when they are so stressed that they can't function properly. This move may be the making of him -...
  3. HeyMich

    How to stop losing gloves?

    When you take them off, stick them back to back with the velcro or poppers, so they go into the tack room as a fixed pair. Leave them on top of your hat to dry (or even velcro them together around your hat strap), and they'll be ready for your next ride.
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    Would you box out twice in a weekend?

    Yep, we box out for various reasons Fri/Sat/Sun most weekends (not always the same combination of horses/ponies mind you) so much so, the OH hitches the trailer up on a Fri and doesn't even ask if it needs unhitching until Sun eve! A hack one day and a comp the next is absolutely fine if you ask...
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    Dogs who arent allowed in the lounge

    Our dogs used to live in the outhouse and not ever come into the house. They were happy and healthy. You'd be surprised how many dogs live like this and aren't glued to their owners 24hrs a day.
  6. HeyMich

    Tell me not to!

    So, when's he/she arriving? 😉😜
  7. HeyMich

    Track or strip grazing?

    Yep, we put up a circular track last year and only let them have it a bit at a time. By the end of the summer they had the whole lot and it was manageable.
  8. HeyMich

    Dog training classes (gundog)

    The only benefit I can see in the longer group sessions is that the dog will have plenty of socialisation and interaction time - is this something that needs work? If not, I'd definitely go for the private 1-2-1 sessions.
  9. HeyMich

    Mystery stable poo spreader?

    Linseed. This happens to the poos from the 2 of mine that are fed extra linseed. The wee birds dig it over and spread it around looking for a tasty snack. Fine in the field, a pain in the bum in the stable!
  10. HeyMich

    Can't work out what is best with this mare

    What tack/saddle are you using? Has it been fitted professionally and checked recently? Either way, I'd pass on this one and get something more suitable.
  11. HeyMich

    Pictures She needs a name

    Call her Biscuit? ETA Surbie got there before me! Great minds think alike... 😜
  12. HeyMich

    Urgent advice needed

    The pain might not be coming from the spine, it may be ulcers secondary to and brought on by the back pain, or as others have said, it could be hormonal. Either way, he doesn't sound like he's 100% happy, and isn't behaving like a happy, calm, settled horse. Your vet should know how to spot...
  13. HeyMich

    Urgent advice needed

    He sounds like he's in pain and is running on adrenaline. It's not the way you'd want a retired horse to behave, and you have to think about his quality of life in the long-term. I'd be having a frank conversation with the vet if he doesn't settle soon. Good luck x
  14. HeyMich

    Considering new horse purchase (Irish Draught)

    Yes, you are mad for considering a young horse (there's a saying that you should never put green with green) but yes, absolutely IDs are fabulous and you should definitely get one! I am also a 5'11" lady in her *cough* forties who bought a green ID on a whim. She's a fabulous horse, so gentle...
  15. HeyMich

    BHS/PC membership options

    Quick question for the wonderful HHO hive mind... I have the BHS Gold membership, have done for years, and am intending to keep it (or a viable alternative) on in the long term. However, my kids are keen riders and are very active members of the local pony club. I know they get some sort of...
  16. HeyMich

    Saddle pad for big horse

    OMG, I could have written this post! Every single detail the same, including the brands we have tried and failed. Thanks for posting this, I'll be following with interest. Now to work out how to sneak even more new pads past the hubby...
  17. HeyMich

    Good crossbreeds

    Agreed. We would have another Splab in a heartbeat. If anyone knows of any litters on the horizon, please let me know!
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    Good crossbreeds

    We have a 15 yr old Splab (Springer x Lab) and she's an awesome mix. Born before the crazy crosses were a thing, so she cost us £70 as an accidental mongrel. I like to refer to her as a 'love child'.
  19. HeyMich

    Deposit on a pony?

    Please don't buy unseen. Wait till June, or look for something closer now that you can put on full livery.
  20. HeyMich

    Hoof Boot Fittings

    The Saddlery Shop are another one to try, they helped me fit boots to our wee welshy.
  21. HeyMich

    Cheapest place for stable mats?

    I bought some on eBay, really nice with quick delivery. Worth a browse I'd say...
  22. HeyMich

    What clippers to go for

    Lister Liberties. Brilliant clippers.
  23. HeyMich

    Does my horse have separation anxiety? If yes how can I help him?

    My mare can worry a lot when we're somewhere new or she's by herself (I rarely hack alone for safety reasons, plus my kids always want to come with me!) so if I know she's going to worry and fret, then I really make sure I'm confident with her. I don't mean bullying her, but I sit deep in the...
  24. HeyMich

    A bit of a silly question- hoof boots

    Yep, our wee Welshy is totally barefoot but he only struggles with stony tracks his hinds, so I only boot him on his hinds. His fronts are fine unshod on all surfaces. Hoofboots are just another tool for you to use as you see fit. And yes, contact the Hoof Boutique, Urban Horse or The Saddlery...
  25. HeyMich

    Balancing horses and toddlers

    Unfortunately, you aren't Superwoman and can't do everything. Kids, especially when they're young take a lot of your time and attention, and rightly so - they're only young for a tiny time - I know it's a cliche but it's true! My kids are now older, and we can go out on adventures with the...
  26. HeyMich

    Horse breakfast and mice proof covers

    Measure out the feeds into large zip-lock bags (like the large size ones you can get from ikea) and leave them to be tipped into the empty buckets. If the feed is dry, you should be able to re-use the bags time and time again. If the mice nibble through the plastic, you could always reinforce...
  27. HeyMich

    Feeling sorry for myself

    Yep, this. Have a chat with the owners, they may be thinking about retiring him soon anyway. Or could you/the owners put him (or her!) on grass livery somewhere nearby so you can still see him and ensure his happy retirement but start riding something a bit younger at the same time? You could...
  28. HeyMich

    Blanketing at night

    I find 100g rugs the most useful, my 4 beasts have multiple each! 250g rugs would be way too much for mine, I live in the Scottish hills and 200g is the thickest any of them have, and that's in mid winter. At the moment, weather here is down to 0 degrees at night, and they are in 0g, 50g and...
  29. HeyMich

    FAO Adorable Alice, and other conformation experts.

    Nah, just feed him some turmeric and he'll be fine.
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